A woman in Kiat Ngong village, Xe Pian National Biodiversity Conservation Area, Lao PDR

Welcome to SULi!

SULi is an global expert network formed by IUCN as a joint initiative of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).

SULi seeks to mobilse the knowledge and energy of its volunteer members, bridge the social and biological strengths of CEESP and SSC, and link strategically to a wide range of partners to synthesise knowledge and provide credible, high quality, trusted analysis and guidance on sustainable use and its contribution to conservation and livelihoods;translate this information into policy objectives and outcomes; and help mobilise ongoing efforts to change practice on the ground.

                                                          OUR MISSION
Promote both conservation and livelihoods through enhancing equitable and sustainable use of wild species and their associated ecosystems.


News from SULi

Symposium on "Beyond Enforcement: communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime", South Africa, February 2015

Update on Symposium

Please note this symposium is now fully subscribed, following an extremely enthusiastic response from around the world to our Call for Abstracts. We are very sorry that we are not able to accommodate more people, but will make as much of the symposium material available through this and partner websites as possible. You are also welcome to submit questions for any speaker to Dan Challender at dan.challender@iucn.org by February 15th. We cannot guarantee there will be space to ask all of them, but we will seek to raise as many as possible. Please see updated Draft Programme.

Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade

Symposium to be held February 2015, South Africa

IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC – the wildlife trade monitoring network- are holding a symposium exploring the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade, to be held near Johannesburg, South Africa, 26th-28th February, 2015. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use ... read more

Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade

NEW! Sustainable Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Fact Sheet

The first publication of the Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife, a fact sheet on Sustainable Wildlife Management and Biodiversity, was successfully launched on 14 October 2014 in a side event at CBD CoP 12 in Pyeongchang, Korea, with the presence of CPW Chair Braulio Dias (CBD), CPW Vice-Chair Jan Heino (CIC), the Minister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, and various other authorities, experts and colleagues. IUCN is a member of the CPW, represented by SULi, and helped shape this factsheet.

Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife Fact sheet

Sustainable Use in the Illegal Wildlife Trade Debate

In connection with the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, January 2014, SULi members and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) colleagues produced this IIED briefing paper The elephant in the room: sustainable use in the illegal wildlife trade debate.

International initiatives on transnational wildlife trade emphasise law enforcement and demand reduction, with considerably less focus on effective incentives for community-based and private sector management. In particular, the role of sustainable use as a tool for both conservation and local development has generally been overlooked.

Link to the Briefing Paper

CIC Markhor Award: Tajikistan, A Shining Example For Wildlife Conservation

CIC Markhor Prize 2014

The CIC Markhor Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding conservation performance by personalities, private and government institutions, enterprises, or conservation projects that link the conservation of biodiversity and human livelihoods through...

Vicuña expert Dr Bibiana Vilá awarded MIDORI prize for Biodiversity 2104

Bibiana Vilá

On October 15th 2014, SULi member Dr Bibiana Vilá was one of three people awarded the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2014, at a ceremony during the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties...

The USF&WS Recognizes the Role of Trophy Hunting in Recovery of Markhor

Torghar Markhor

On October 7th 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS) downlisted all straight-horned markhor, a type of wild mountain goat, from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)...

Promoting small-scale fisheries and working towards human rights-based approach in marine conservation.

Small scale fishers in India

Vivienne Solis Rivera reports on the first international instrument dedicated to defending and promoting small scale fisheries.

China's Domestic Ivory Market: Conservation Failure or Partial Conservation Success?

Dragon ball

China has emerged as an important and large end-market for the global trade in illegal ivory. This illegal traffic and the associated poaching surge is of immense concern. Is China's domestic ivory market a dismal conservation failure, or does it show signs of being a partial success? Kirsten Conrad and Brendan Moyle investigate....

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Chair of SULi Dr Rosie Cooney
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Chairs Message, September 2014
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